Bavaria Holds State Elections
Image shot in black and white. Color version not available). Hubert Aiwanger, chairman and lead candidate of the Bavarian Freie Waehler (Free Voters) political party, speaks to supporters after election results gave the party 11.6% of the vote in Bavarian state elections on October 14, 2018 in Munich, Germany. Bavaria is holding state elections today and the Christian Social Union (CSU), traditionally the dominant party in Bavaria, is set to take an electoral beating, as are the German Social Democrats (SPD). The main beneficiaries are to be the Greens Party and the AfD. Consequences of the result go beyond Bavaria, as the poor showing for the CSU, the sister party to the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the SPD represents strong voter dissatisfaction with the federal governing coalition.